Oct 25, 2018
Three Glass Design Trends Shaping Commercial Interiors
Glass has become the material of choice for architects and contractors looking to create commercial environments that optimize space, efficiency, and employee morale.
Glass has become the material of choice for architects and contractors looking to create commercial environments that optimize space, efficiency, and employee morale. It’s not just for windows anymore. Innovations in glazing materials are making it possible to use glass throughout commercial interiors. Here are three trends we’re seeing that bring the sleek flair and functional beauty of glass into modern offices.
The See-Through Office
The variety of glass now available from local and global sources has made it possible to use it in interesting and novel ways. Glass doors, walls, and partitions allow natural light to flow deeper into the office core, helping improve worker productivity and morale. Now everyone—not just the executive in the coveted corner office—can enjoy the mood-boosting benefits of a sunny day. In space-efficient floor plans, glass preserves the open feel of larger offices, while creating transparency that fosters closer collaboration among peers.
In conference rooms or other areas where teams need more privacy, etched glass or back-painted glass can be used to create durable walls and dividers with lower maintenance costs than other materials. Plus, glass walls can double as collaborative whiteboards. Laminated glass provides an exceptional acoustic barrier to eliminate background noise and distractions.
Making a Clear Statement
From the boardroom to the bathroom, decorative glass is being used to make a clean, contemporary design statement in corporate premises, restaurants, bars, and other retail environments. If you can dream it, we can make it. Our high-precision glass fabricating techniques inspire endless creativity, as it’s now possible to fashion, cut, drill, and finish glass to virtually any shape, size, and specification.
We’re seeing clients create unique, custom glass features in lobbies and other high-profile areas to make an impression and elevate a company’s brand. Colored glass walls, backsplashes, and custom glass furniture can add an economical pop of bold color that brings life to neutral office settings. Or, if that’s too adventurous, you can make a distinctive statement with a wide selection of decorative glass patterns in more subtle tones and textures instead.
Invisible Supporting Structures
The popularity of the all-glass look has increased demand for functional features like glass stair railings, frameless glass shower enclosures, and sliding glass walls—applications where safety and performance are of top concern. The minimal supporting structures these applications require can pose challenges in balancing design intent with building code requirements. As the glass experts, we partner with customers to help them design anchoring systems that meet crucial ASTM safety standards and still achieve the unobtrusive aesthetic they’re striving for.
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Minneapolis Glass is a woman-owned fabricator of innovative glazing solutions. Serving commercial and residential customers for more than 80 years, we offer the largest selection of glass from one source. If you’re looking for fresh ideas call (763) 559-0635 or email to learn more about our expertise in precision fabrication, delivery and installation. Together, we can make your next project a success. Visit our Gallery for inspiration on innovative glass applications.
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